Prehistoric Sites

The Megalithic Portal website has created a collection showing the locations of over 15,000 prehistoric and other ancient sites in Google Earth.

The collection is organized by categories, such as ancient caves, temples, and burial chambers. More information about these locations can be found a their website.

Prehistoric Sites

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Rosetta Project

The goal of the Rosetta Project is to document current and historic languages throughout the world. They have created a set of files for Google Earth that showcase some of their efforts. This file contains the following information.

  • Endangered Languages – Shows the locations of numerous endangered languages is Africa and the Americas.
  • West Coast Language Use in Urban Centers – Shows the breakdown of language use in major cities of the Western United States.
  • Audio Collections – A collection of audio samples for several languages throughout the Earth.

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Bible Locations

This is a collection of locations and other geographical data related to the Bible. Includes the following:

If you know of any other Bible related files for Google Earth, post a comment and I will add to the collection.

Bible locations

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White Christmas Map

For those of you that are dreaming for a White Christmas, here are a few maps to help predict whether your dream will come true or not.

There are three maps included in this set of overlays that show the probability of having a white Christmas in the United States with 1-inch, 5-inches, or 10-inches of snow.

White Christmas Map

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Probability of a White Christmas, NOAA

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CIMSS Tropical Cyclones

The Cooperative Institute of Meteorological Satellite Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison Space Science and Engineering Center (CIMSS-SSEC) has created a huge set of weather related overlays that can be viewed in Google Earth.

Their program is focused on tropical cyclones, but they also have a large amount of satellite and other data covering at the regional and global levels.  The data available in Google Earth includes:

  • Storm tracking and forecast
  • Recent satellite imagery
  • Sea surface conditions
  • Precipitation
  • Maximum wind speeds
  • Winds aloft analysis (wind shear, vorticity, etc.)
  • Satellite animations
  • Global Infrared and Water Vapor mosaics

CIMSS Tropical Cyclones

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Real Time 3D Flight Tracking

Updated 12/19

Flightwise has put together a great collection of near real-time flight tracking tools for Google Earth. These tools display a wealth of information about each flight, such as the location, altitude, heading, speed, Departure time, Estimated Arrival time and aircraft type. In addition, the aircraft are displayed in Google Earth with their correct altitude and heading and their positions update every few minutes.

The file below the screenshot will let you view inbound flights for 11 major airports in the US and there are several additional different tools available from the Flightwise website including:

  • Track a specific flight
  • iPhone Tracker

It sounds like they have many other tools that utilize Google Earth available for paid subscribers, which I’m not.  Unfortunately, the data only covers flights in the United States.

Flight Tracking

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AVHRR Satellite Imagery

The Advanced Very High Resolution Radiometer (AVHRR) sensor collects cloud and other data from several satellites orbiting the Earth.  The University of Wisconsin has created an archive of AVHRR false color imagery dating back to 2007.  In addition, they have created a network link that updates automatically every day with the most recent satellite imagery.  I believe these are false-color images, but they look spectacular nonetheless.

You can access the individual files from the University of Wisconsin website.  Or you can just open the file beneath the screenshot and have access to all of them in Google Earth via an index that I have created.  The index contains the current image and archives from December 2007 to December 2009.  You will need to go to their website if you want to access archives after December 15, 2009.

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National Elevation Dataset

The National Elevation Dataset (NED) contains detailed elevation data for the United States and Territories. The NED comes in three different versions.

1 and 2 Arc-Second – This version has a resolution of approximately 30 meters (60 meters for Alaska) and covers all of the United States and Territories.

1/3 Arc-Second – This version has a resolution of approximately 10 meters and covers a large portion of the Continental US only. This is more detailed than the 1 and 2 Arc-Second version.

1/9 Arc-Second – This version has a resolution of approximately 3 meters and covers only a small area of the Continental US. This is the most detailed data and is obtained from laser radar (LIDAR). This elevation data is accurate enough to make out structures and road footprints.

More information regarding the three versions can be found here.

To access the NED data, simply open the file beneath the screenshots. Then select the version you want to view. You will need to manually navigate to the area of interest or you might get a red X on the screen. Also, some of the layers will not be visible if you are not zoomed in close enough to the Earth’s surface.

National Elevation Dataset

National Elevation Dataset

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